Post # 1
Hi bees, my fiance and I finally exchanged the original ring that was missing a diamond. We exchanged for a sterling silver white sapphire. It looked gorgeous and we both liked it in the store, but I just remembered one thing. I may have allergies to certain metals. I used to have a silver ring that would turn my fingers green, earrings sometimes turn my ears all icky, and bracelets with silver or similar plating turn my wrists green. I’m really worried now, and regret not going with white gold as my fiance had originally wanted. I feel terrible because this is already the second ring, it would friggin suck having to get yet another one.
Is sterling silver able to give the wearer green fingers or other reactions? What to do, what to do?
Post # 3
Solid sterling silver should really not ever turn you green!!! Silver is a metal considered suitable for fine jewellery, and I even have antique silver jewellery that’s in great condition. You mentioned wearing silver PLATED jewellery, which I think is the issue. It could be nickel, or brass, or who knows what under there, and that’s the thing given your skin reactions. I’ve worn SS my whole life with never a single sign of green! Copper, on the other hand, (and other base metals) seems to be highly reactive with my skin, so I don’t think I’m unusual or anything. SS should be just fine, it’s the fatc that it’s plated that’s the problem.
Post # 4
@Mircat: Don’t worry. Sterling silver shouldn’t turn your finger green. As ilaz says above, it’s the cheaper silver plater rings you would want to watch out for. I’ve never had any problems with sterling silver, but I did have a cheap silver plated ring that did turn my finger green!
Post # 5
Thanks! I wasn’t too sure, because I have a ring that my mother says looks like silver. That ring has made my finger green and icky, so maybe it is actually silver plated and not sterling silver.